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Guslander's savvy needed to revive Coco Palms resort

By Robert M. Fox and David Cheever / Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 03, 2013

~~<p>In its heyday, the Coco Palms Hotel in Wailua, Kauai, was probably the best known resort in Hawaii. There were good reasons for that exalted position. Certainly the design of the hotel and its grounds at the edge of a huge coconut tree planation was one. More importantly, it was Grace Gus&shy;lander, the original owner and manager of the Coco Palms resort, and her talent that gave the hotel such prominence.</p>
<p>The shame is that the destruction of this once-iconic hotel and grounds by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 is all that's left today. It seems like over and over since then, there have been hopeful signs that a new group was about to buy the hotel and restore it to its earlier splendor.</p>
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In its heyday, the Coco Palms Hotel in Wailua, Kauai, was probably the best known resort in Hawaii. There were good reasons for that exalted position. Certainly the design of the hotel and its grounds at the edge of a huge coconut tree planation was one. More importantly, it was Grace Gus­lander, the original owner and manager of the Coco Palms resort, and her talent that gave the hotel such prominence.

The shame is that the destruction of this once-iconic hotel and grounds by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 is all that's left today. It seems like over and over since then, there have been hopeful signs that a new group was about to buy the hotel and restore it to its earlier splendor. Login for more...



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